We were treated like slaves, all day and all night we had to work. I don’t want anyone else to have to face the same ordeal.
— Nayto, Survivor

Late June 2016, 14 migrant workers escaped a chicken farm in the Lopburi region of Thailand. Their reports of harsh treatment, exhaustive hours and despicable work conditions made instant headlines. Here they tell their stories. 

These workers are now safe, sheltered by the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) in Thailand. However, with no means to survive, they urgently need to receive their owed compensation to rebuild their lives and find decent work.

While trapped in slavery, they were subjected to abusive supervisors, working hours that stretched through the day and night (up to 20 hours a day). With little to no time off, they endured terrible living conditions – sometimes forced to sleep alongside the hatchlings. Trapped on an isolated farm, workers could only leave for a single two-hour supervised trip per week. Their passports were confiscated, preventing them from leaving. 

I worked for 4 and a half years, often cramming 2 days’ work into one. I’m tired now and want to go home.
— Myint, Survivor

Betagro are one of Thailand’s largest chicken exporters, supplying chicken for pet food and ready-made meals. They have the power to make sure these workers receive owed compensation. Even Thai Union, Thailands largest seafood supplier has called on Betagro to change their practices.